Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday that she will challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the 2014 election. “I’m here today to tell you that I have met with my supporters, we have had a great conversation and determined and decided that we can make the best move, the best difference in the Commonwealth of Kentucky by running for U.S. Senate,” Grimes, a Democrat, said in a press conference announcing her run.
“I agree with thousands of Kentuckians, that Kentucky is tired of 28 years of obstruction,” she said, adding: “Kentucky is tired of a senior Senator that has lost touch with Kentucky issues, voters and their values.”
Grimes could prove a formidable opponent for McConnell: A May poll from the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found that McConnell and Grimes were neck-and-neck at 45 percent. McConnell, in general, is facing some tough poll numbers: The same survey found that 47 percent of voters disapprove of him, with only 44 percent approving.